THE LIFE of a severely disabled girl has been transformed after getting her very own magical garden.
The Standard issued a plea to readers at the start of this year to help little Millie O’Conner, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, have a sensory garden at her home in Abbeydale.
Thousands of pounds were needed to overhaul the outside area so the five-year-old could use her wheelchair and enjoy plants and features which would stimulate her senses.
Her mum, Emma Grantham, set about on a fund-raising mission after seeing the difference her school’s garden made to her daughter’s life.
But a kind-hearted business, PGE Landscapes Ltd, stepped up to take on the work for free and paved the way for the competition of Millie’s Magical Garden.
Emma said: “We did a family fun day which raised just over £1,000 and then PG Landscapes got in touch and offered to do the work for free.
“They said the money we raised we could use on furnishing the garden – I was just completely gobsmacked.”
“Watching them do the work from start to finish was amazing – I got excited just seeing the fence go up.”
“Millie literally hasn’t come indoors. It’s freedom for her and it’s a new lease of life because she can do whatever she wants in the garden and you know she’s safe.”
She added: “People have been fantastic. It’s just true community spirit and we are so grateful.”